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California Dreaming Restaurant & Bar

401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
+1 803-254-6767
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Three colleagues and I dined there for dinner last month. I ordered the salmon salad. It was not well seasoned and also very dry. Another person my party also ordered salmon which was dry and covered with rosemary or some other seasoning, that appeared to...More

Thank shercolette
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everything that I have ever ordered at California Dreaming has been very good. My favorite items are the croissants. Cheesecake, strawberry daiquiris. The salmon salad, chicken strips, fried crab claws, cheeseburgers, fries all are very good.

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've heard about this place since I moved here in 2010 and ate there for the first time Friday. Food is ok but nothing special. Service was friendly but we had to keep asking for things multiple times. The area where we were eating was...More

Thank Kevin I
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful meal. We all ordered the California Dreaming salad, and it again did not disappoint. The house dressing is so good, and the honey buttered croissants are the best!

Thank lsobol777
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I used to do a lot of business in this area plus I served on a state board of a not for profit group and we met monthly in Columbia late afternoon so my co-driver and I usually had our dinner here. I enjoyed having...More

Thank Kitty W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In town for work, we always have to come to California Dreaming. Looked.online to.checknout any deals and the Total Eclipse drink.was new to the menu. Our server Anna told us the ingredients and I ordered one. I WAS NOT READY.for the Eclipse....a little too strong....More

Thank Adrienne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

California Dreaming has a great offering. What is particularly enjoyable and popular is a salad at lunch time. The portions are generous! Add a glass of Chardonnay and you have a quick and healthy option in a very nice atmosphere. It is also popular for...More

Thank Louis D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A meal at California Dreaming is a frequent part of our visits to Columbia, SC. Located in the old downtown "Train Station" the restaurant serves a variety of great food at reasonable prices. The decor takes full advantage of the venue and diners do not...More

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

our granddaughter was given a graduation dinner there on her graduation from high school this past June and of course the place was packed but the staff was up for the challenge and most importantly the chefs the food very good my wife had she...More

Thank ronniec694
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great building, great service, great food. The California Dreamin salad with the house hot bacon honey mustard dressing is the bomb! Not many places I go where I look forward to a salad...LOL ...but this is one of them! Whole family enjoyed the experience.

Thank 77Boomer
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6 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Absolutely! It's our house special. Slow-cooked and sliced to order!
Bobbi E
5 December 2016|
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Response from CentraArchy-Rest | Property representative |
Hi Bobbi, I'm sorry to hear our hostess wasn't able to accommodate you! Good news, I have secured your reservation. At your convenience, please email me your contact phone #. Thank you and happy holidays, Amber @ CentraArchy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-4147
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-254-6767
Voted “Best Salad” 12 years running, by Free Times and Columbia Metropolitan, “Best Date Spot, Best Overall Restaurant and Best Place to Take your Parents” by USC’s The Daily Gamecock. Enjoy giant-sized fare from the California Dreaming kitchen; start with the Barbecue Chicken Nachos, then slow-cooked Prime Rib or a hearty pasta dish. The restaurant also features late night bar bites; large party carry-out and catering; live music and seasonal patio dining. The historic landmark building, Union Station, is located steps away from USC.
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